EZ Sports Talk
EZ Sports Talk with Ed Smith and Jim Marshall Meet the Hosts: Ed Smith (@edsmithspeaks): Edward M. Smith III was born in Trenton, New Jersey and moved to the small town of Browns Mills, New Jersey as a young boy. Ed was blessed with an incredible family and wealth of attributes. His strong family foundation, faith and unwillingness to never give up have sustained him in both his personal and professional life. At an early age, Ed played the games that many boys do – baseball, basketball and football. As he grew, so did his skill on the playing fields and his true passion for sports. By the time Ed neared the end of his high school career at the age of 17, the unbelievable task of deciding his entire future weighed heavily on his shoulders. Which sport, baseball or football? At what level, collegiate or professional? Ed chose to forgo college and pursue his professional career directly out of high school in 1987. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 7th round and began the quest to accomplish his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball two days after graduating from Pemberton Township High School. After traveling the winding road of minor league baseball for nine years, frustrated by the results and direction of his career, Ed came to a crossroad in his life – the love he had for baseball had been replaced by the cruel reality of the business. It was time for a professional change, but what would he do next? Overcoming incredible odds, Ed pursued football as a second career. His transformation from a 9 year minor league baseball veteran to a tight end in the NFL was accomplished by a level of perseverance and dedication rarely seen. One of the rewards for all the hard work, an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII as a member of the 1998 NFC Champions - The Atlanta Falcons (The Dirty Birds). Today Ed lives in Peoria, Arizona. He travels the country as a Motivational Speaker, supports a variety of charities and organizations and has a passion to help encourage the youth of America to stay on the right track and never give up on their dreams. Author of EZ Does It: The Journey of a Lifetime EZ Does It: The Journey of a Lifetime chronicles not only sports highs and lows, but also major life decisions and their consequences. More than just the story of a sportsman, the book delves deep into Ed’s soul and allows you, the reader, a look inside the life of a very private man. Someone once called Ed “one of the greatest athletes the world had never heard of.” Readers will celebrate, sympathize, agonize and rejoice with Ed as they experience a kind of life few have been blessed to live. It is indeed, The Journey of a Lifetime! 9 Year Pro Baseball Career 1987-95 Chicago White Sox 1987-91 Milwaukee Brewers 1991-93 Chicago Cubs 1994 Cleveland Indians 1995 6 Year Pro Football Career 1996-2001 Frankfurt Galaxy 1996 (World League of American Football) Washington Redskins 1996 Atlanta Falcons 1997-98 (Member of 1998 NFC Champions – Super Bowl XXXIII) Philadelphia Eagles 1999 Detroit Lions 1999 Birmingham Thunderbolts 2001 (XFL) Jim Marshall (@Basebaldaz): Jim Marshall has lived in Phoenix, Ariz. for over 48 years. Jim is an avid baseball fan, but enjoys all of Arizona's local sports teams, including Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals and Coyotes. In addition to the four major sports, he closely follows the Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers and Arizona State Sun Devils. Jim enjoys attending live sporting events and is a season ticket holder for the Arizona Cardinals. Jim's passion for baseball continues beyond the field as he is an avid collector of baseball memorabilia. His favorite athlete of all time is Baseball Hall of Fame member Harmon Killebrew. Jim's radio expertise was honed by attending and graduating from the Alpha Pacific Institute of Radio Broadcasting right here in Phoenix. In addition to watching, reading and talking about sports, he takes time to travel and appreciate the state of Arizona with his lovely wife, Patti.